Speaking at the 6th Provincial Vocational Centres Co-ordinators’ Conference on Monday in Port Moresby, Dr Kombra said the output of the TVET sector constitutes the majority of the workforce that manipulates renewable and non-renewable resources for economic gain
He said the skills manpower issues affecting PNG can only be addressed through a vibrant, efficient and responsive technical vocational education and training system.
“We need to develop the undeveloped TVET sector that will play a very important role for the economic growth of Papua New Guinea.
“The underdeveloped TVET sector in question relates to post primary sector education where the bulk of the work force comes from.”
Dr Kombra added that subsequently, Papua New Guinea lacks skills manoeuvring and employability at the age of 14 – 18 years.
“The question once again is, “How do we shift from a generic education system that is more elementary knowledge based to an occupational and skill-based education (TVET system) that would provide an immediate skilled workforce as early as possible at lower secondary level?”